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    Default Billed for an Ambulance I Did Not Take

    My question involves collection proceedings in the State of: California
    I am a student in college. I got rather drunk one night and when I returned to my dorm I was vomiting and unable to walk straight. My friends, fearing alcohol poisoning, called an ambulance. By the time the ambulance arrived, I was able to answer the paramedics coherently (I am not relying only on my memory, but on the official account of the dorm authorities) and they determined I did not need to be taken to the hospital, and left. 2 months later, I received a bill from my medical insurance company, Kaiser, for $460 for "ambulance transportation." Can I really be charged for transportation if the ambulance did not transport me anywhere?

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    Default Re: Billed for an Ambulance I Did Not Take

    The ambulance was summoned due to your choice to drink an unsafe amount of alcohol, and you received care from the paramedics. Why don't you believe you should pay for that?

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    Default Re: Billed for an Ambulance I Did Not Take

    The mere act of having the ambulance called for you isn't billable, if you had refused all treatment you'd be fine. However, since you were treated by the paramedics, you open yourself up for the bill. Most California cities don't distinguish between scene treatment and transportation. You can call whoever and discuss it with them. You can try billing it to your health insurance.

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